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Re: Raspberry Jam for Milton Keynes

Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:15 pm
by rembrandt
Absolutely not.

I'd call that a 'champagne moment'. It rates a beer at the very least.

I sense the birth of a possible demo at the next Jam? 8-)

Re: Raspberry Jam for Milton Keynes

Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:25 pm
by teknoteacher
You *have* to demo this at a Raspberry Jam or it never happened. :-)

Re: Raspberry Jam for Milton Keynes

Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:31 pm
by MattPoat
The project will of course be demonstrated, all I need is a hot air balloon, two dozen chinamen, a dinosaur egg and a vinyl record, preferably jazz....

Seriously though, I plan on adding a proximity sensor to a spin bike and sending the data to the Pi. I will then create a game that forces you to exercise (my biggest problem).

Matthew

Re: Raspberry Jam for Milton Keynes

Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:48 pm
by PeterO
MattPoat wrote:Is it wrong that a grown man was seen this evening dancing around like a lunatic by his neighbours because he had just sent a few characters through the ether from his Arduino to his Pi :?
Clearly you are well on your way to becoming a geek :-)

What is your "project" that is going to use this communication via the ether ?
What modules are you using ?

Somewhere I have a pair of older "Easy Radio" modules that I've never found a use for, but now maybe their time has come.

PeterO

Re: Raspberry Jam for Milton Keynes

Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 3:58 pm
by MattPoat
PeterO wrote:What is your "project" that is going to use this communication via the ether ?
What modules are you using ?
PeterO
See above post ;)

Re: Raspberry Jam for Milton Keynes

Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:57 pm
by PeterO
MattPoat wrote: See above post ;)
Which one ? The one that starts "The project will of course be demonstrated, all I need is a hot air balloon, two dozen chinamen, a dinosaur egg and a vinyl record, preferably jazz...."

I think I stopped reading it at that point :-)

PeterO

Re: Raspberry Jam for Milton Keynes

Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:59 pm
by PeterO
PeterO wrote:
rembrandt wrote: Just out of interest, is anyone having the same problem as me at the moment? At random moments throughout the day I seem to be going online and buying pi related stuff :?
I'll put my hand up ! This evening I ordered a "pibow" and some GPIO bits and bobs.
PeterO
The GPIO bits arrived from skpang today. Very cleverly packaged in a thin cardboard box that will fit through a letter box. Let the GPIOing begin :-)

Re: Raspberry Jam for Milton Keynes

Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 12:55 am
by DanielBull
Hi Recantha,
Sorry for some reason I didn't get an email notification for new posts on this thread...

Basically the Motorola Xoom USB cable is just acting as a power supply.
To access the Pi itself I am using SSH from Android over a WiFi connection, to get the GUI working I would use VNC as Alex suggested.

By the way this doesn't work with all Android devices, not all of them can supply enough power.

Re: Raspberry Jam for Milton Keynes

Posted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:40 pm
by dwch
Having spent over an hour searching, I'm going to have to ask .... does anyone know how to fix the clock display in the X desktop? The clock is correct everywhere except for the display in the task bar. Even graphical apps display it correctly, but the taskbar is -1 hour (so not recognising DST I suspect).

The Google searches tell me I should use System->Date And Time, or Preferences>...>international, but I can't find either.

TBH it's not a big deal because I know what the time is, just one of those frustrating things I should be able to work out!

Re: Raspberry Jam for Milton Keynes

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:17 pm
by MattPoat
dwch wrote:does anyone know how to fix the clock display in the X desktop?
It doesn't look like anyone in MK has either suffered your particular issue or knows how to fix it....

Matthew

Re: Raspberry Jam for Milton Keynes

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:26 pm
by dwch
Thankfully after a couple more hours research I found the answer.

Re: Raspberry Jam for Milton Keynes

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 5:52 pm
by MattPoat
dwch, glad to hear you resolved your issue. Was it an easy fix in the end?

I find myself requiring assistance too this evening.

I have written a simple python script that listens to the serial port and displays anything it finds. If from the command line I type "python test.py" my script starts running.

How on earth do I exit back to the command line from this point???

Google has failed me so I am turning to you guys.

Matthew

Re: Raspberry Jam for Milton Keynes

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:08 pm
by dwch
This was how I fixed my clock display. It sets the timezone for the X environment:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata

Regarding your script:

If all you want to do is interrupt the running program, then you can use Ctrl-\ (backslash) or Ctrl-c.

If you want someting a bit more elegant you can always periodically check the keyboard from within the script, and, say, check for "q" being pressed.

If you want it to keep running but let you have control of your session back, then you can run it as a separate process by adding "&" to the command line, like this:
python test.py &

It will tell you the process number, it should still output to your session, and when you are done you can type "kill -9 nnnn" where nnnn is the process number. Without knowing more about the script I can't say if this will be a useful way of running it or not :)

Re: Raspberry Jam for Milton Keynes

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2012 4:13 pm
by MattPoat
dwch wrote: If all you want to do is interrupt the running program, then you can use Ctrl-\ (backslash)
Spot on, just want I wanted. Thanks.

Matthew

Re: Raspberry Jam for Milton Keynes

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:06 pm
by NeilNjae
If it would be of interest, I can do a brief talk about Code Club, a network of after-school clubs for teaching primary school children about programming. So far we're just using Scratch, but using the RPi to allow kids to do things with hardware sounds like a fruitful way forward.

Re: Raspberry Jam for Milton Keynes

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 8:09 pm
by KnowlesPS
Hi Peter

I work at Knowles Primary School on Queensway and we are trying to get hold of local people who are busy inventing and innovating with Pis and may be interesting in sharing their knowledge with our children. Can I just turn up at Bletchley Park on Sunday when you meet?

Re: Raspberry Jam for Milton Keynes

Posted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 2:28 pm
by recantha2
Hi.
Unfortunately, the Milton Keynes Raspberry Jam is no longer running. The nearest Jam to you is probably the Cambridge Jam. The next one is on 8th February (but is currently sold out) and the one after that is 10th May. If you would like to discuss visiting the Cambridge Jam, please email me on [email protected]. More info and future dates for the Cambridge Jam (CamJam) can be found at http://camjam.me

Hope this helps,

--
Mike

Re: Raspberry Jam for Milton Keynes

Posted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 3:21 pm
by james_oliver
Dear Milton Keynes based Raspberry Pi JAMers,

I understand this group is now closed but I wanted to piggyback on the end of this thread to find out if any Raspberry Pi enthusiasts local to Milton Keynes are in collaborating with me on a project.

I am an MA student in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art. As part of my final major project I am speculating about the future of Milton Keynes and the role of connected devices and networks in that future. I want to start up conversations and collaborations with Raspberry Pi, IOT, physical computing enthusiasts, makers of interactive objects/installations who are either residents of Milton Keynes, or have a special interest the city.

My project draws upon some of the ideas which informed the original planning of the Milton Keynes project. There are three areas I'm especially interested in:
  • What potential is there for technologies of the city be hybridised/integrated with nature or the landscape?
    What potential is there to extend and explore the idea of Milton Keynes as a prototype for a future ‘leisure society’ through networked technologies?
    Through experimentation with networked devices/IOT; can we explore the idea of ‘free citizenship’ potentially as a challenge to the ‘freedoms’ of speculative finance and consumption

Please click the link below to view a pdf with a bit more background about my project.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/249073899/Mil ... laborators

If you might be interested brainstorming this with me or potentially collaborating please drop me a line at: [email protected] or reply below

Many thanks,

James